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Clay Olsen, the CEO of Fight the New Drug, gave a presentation to BYU-Idaho students from the 8th YSA Stake, where he expressed his desire to make an impact in the world.
As a senior in high school, Olsen said he took part in demolishing a junk-car that had been spray-painted the colors of the opposing team for their homecoming week festivities.
Olsen said during a moment when he took a swing at the car, he felt empowered and was inspired to make a dent in the world just as he had with the car.
“Let’s not be discouraged by the idea that we are one, but rather that we are many — all fighting for this together,” Olsen said.
Olsen said everyone has stories that they can use to change the world.
Chloe Anderson, a sophomore studying health psychology, said the event brought to her mind specific people that she could reach out to.
“My dent could be helping that specific person,” Anderson said. “To be able to show them and talk to them about it in a loving way. I don’t know a lot about it, but I can share what I do know.”
Sandra Dunford, a sophomore studying history, said she also had thoughts of friends she had texted during Olsen’s presentation just to let them know she loved them.
Greg Palmer, an organizer of the event, said that he could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
“If just one person could be helped, it would be all worth it,” Palmer said.
Olsen said millennials are often more motivated by cultural and social change than money. Millennials, however, are skeptical initially about information that comes to them. Millennials trust proof.
“You are motivated by something that is to our advantage,” Olsen said. “You trust the data and science has caught up with the truth about pornography.”
Olsen said truth has been forever, but now science is finally backing up the truth about pornography, just like we now know tobacco is unhealthy.
Olsen shared data that Fight the New Drug uses to educate about the harms of pornography has on the brain, the heart and the world. Olsen said he has gathered information from doctors and scientists from Berlin to Stanford University, learning about how the physiological effects of pornography on the brain. He said he learned that the human brain is actually rewired by pornography — especially the reward centers of the brain.
“It’s almost like the brain is saying, ‘I like pleasure, but you’re killing me. This is too much,’” said Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a emeritus professor of psychology at Stanford University, who Olsen quoted.
Olsen said pornography is also impacting peoples’ relationships and expressions of love. Olsen said that in studies done by the National Health Association, sexual dysfunction in men has increased from 3 percent to 56 percent due to the accessibility of pornography over the internet.
Olsen said those looking for a spouse should not dismiss those who have come in contact with pornography because it may be difficult to find someone who has not had that struggle.
“Would I turn around and run? Absolutely not,” Olsen said. “There are people who would say that if someone you’re dating or are engaged to opens up and tells you they’ve had a struggle with pornography, you should run in the other direction.”
Olsen said that if that is our attitude, we will not meet very many people who have not been affected by pornography.
“The idea that you will date someone who has never viewed pornography is extremely remote,” Olsen said.
Olsen encouraged students to be a pillar for those who have true desires to overcome pornography.
“Out of the 40,000 sign ups on Fortify (a nonprofit porn-addiction recovery program), five percent have opened up to another human being,” Olsen said. “That means 95 percent have not told a soul. It’s not about villianizing them — it’s about loving them.”
Olsen said that the way pornography is affecting the world by becoming more and more main stream.
“We’re finding that things like sex trafficking have an enormous connection to pornography,” Olsen said.
Olsen said that trafficked individuals are not forced into prostitution anymore, they’re being forced to participate in pornography because the demand and availability is so high.
“One single website released their analytics from 2015 and they released that 87 billion videos were streamed from their website alone,” Olsen said. “Which is 11 videos per person on the planet form that one website. There are millions of websites.”
Olsen’s call to action was that all of make a dent by stopping the consumption of pornography.
“It’s not just about saying pornography is just super harmful,” Olsen said. “It’s the idea that we need to fight for love. We’re not so much of an anti-porn campaign as a pro-love campaign and porn is the counterfeit to that thing that we want.”